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Livingstone travel information - how to get to Livingstone, and how to get around

The easiest way to get to Livingstone is by flying into the Livingstone Airport (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport - LVI). Driving Livingstone will require a bit more preparation, but the town is easily accessible. Rail travel is also an option, although this would be the slowest option. We have broken down the different options below.

Getting to Livingstone



Flying into Livingstone

Livingstone Town (Zimbabwe) has an international airport serviced by domestic, reagional and international airlines. Generally, flights into Livingstone are cheaper than to Victoria Falls, and some people choose this option even when they plan on staying on the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. However, this only makes sense if visa costs are low enough to make this option viable.

Flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone

The Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport / Livingstone International Airport, is no more than a 15 minute drive from the centre of Livingstone town. You can fly into Livingstone by connecting from centres such as Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lusaka. It is also possible to fly to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe which is less than an hours' drive from Livingstone town but there is a border crossing involved which can cause delays if travelling during the peak season.

If you are unsure as to which country to stay in please visit this page Zimbabwe or Zambia it should help you to make a decision.

Flights into Zambia are sometimes cheaper than the flights into Zimbabwe, however higher prices for accommodation, activities and access to activities in Zambia, can balance the sums. If you are staying in Livingstone, then it makes better sense to fly directly into LVI Airport.

The time this process takes all depends on how full the flight is, so at peak times of year with full aircraft it can take a couple of hours to clear customs and catch your bus into town, in quieter times this can be done in under an hour, so just bear this in mind when booking any activities on the afternoon you arrive. Generally there is sufficient time for a sunset cruise or a helicopter flight.

Airlines which fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia

Kulula air (British Airways), Luftansa, South African Airways

It is interesting to note that flight prices are very erratic across all the airlines. Highly expensive one day and then quite cheap the next. You can search all the major airlines and get the best prices available by using the Travel Start search engine below. Its really good actually, we use it all the time for our bookings.



Flights From Windhoek and Maun to Livingstone

There are no direct flight from Windhoek (Namibia) to Livingstone. One would have to take the direct Air Namibia flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), and then transfer by road to Livingstone. The flights from Windhoek run on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These flights go via Maun in Botswana for passengers wanting to connect from there.

For research on all these destinations use Travel Start search engine above, it makes life a lot simpler.

Flights from Lusaka to Livingstone

Proflight Zambia is the only airline to operate scheduled flights on this route, see their website to check flights and make a reservation. There have been concerns about the baggage allowance on these flights, again see their website for the correct details Baggage allowance.



Getting Around Livingstone

The blue taxis of Zambia parked in Livingstone town
The blue taxis in Livingstone

Probably the fastest way of getting around Livingstone is by taxi. They are easy to spot and you will see them all over the town, the majority are a light blue in colour. The taxis are generally not metered, but there is a price range that you can get from the Civic Centre in Livingstone. Otherwise, prices are negotiable.

If you are driving, especially at night watch out for drunk drivers and potholes. Driving in Livingstone is generally safe, but be sure to lock your doors and do not leave any valuables in plain sight as these may attract thieves. You will should to keep your drivers license and vehicle registration documents close to hand. Road blocks are common, even in the town centre. See more information about driving in Zambia here.

Transfers between hotels and lodges in Livingstone, and activities or the airport can be arranged, although some hotels will pick up their guests from Livingstone Airport. Transfers can also be arranged for destinations across the border to Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls airport, as well as to Chobe in Botswana. Charter flights can be expensive, for the longer distances such as to the Okavango and very remote areas where it is difficult to drive. However, for larger groups, it may prove to be the best value for money.


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